Negotiators continue discussion on issues of substance

Negotiators continue discussion on issues of substance

The negotiators of the two communities in Cyprus continued today their discussion on issues of substance in the framework of the resumed UN – led peace talks.

According to reliable sources, Greek Cypriot negotiation Andreas Mavroyiannis and Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami held a meeting today during which they continued their discussion on issues of substance following the guidelines of the two leaders, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

The next meeting of the two negotiators will take place on Friday.

It is recalled that UN SG`s Special Advisor for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide was present in their previous meeting on the 19th of June. In a twitter message after the meeting Eide wrote that he is “impressed by how the two Cyprus negotiation teams, led by Nami and Mavroyiannis demonstrate courage, creativity, and mutual respect”.

Last Wednesday, in statements to the press at the Presidential Palace, after returning from a meeting with Akinci, President Anastasiades said that the two negotiators “have done a great job in identifying convergences and divergences on all issues”.

This, he noted, allows him and Akinci “to give further instructions for processing based on the interconnected negotiation of chapters, so that on the 29th of June we actually enter into a substantive negotiation on the chapters that will be before us”.

The next meeting of the two leaders will take place on the 29th of June. UN SG`s Special Advisor will also be present at that meeting.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and since then occupies 37% of this Mediterranean EU island`s territory. UN-led talks, aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof, resumed on May 15, this year.